The 2002-2003 General Senate officers will revise the
constitution during the summer of 2002. During the first General Student Senate
meeting of the 2002-2003 school year, it will be submitted to the entire Senate
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Student Senate Constitution
Lyndon Baines Johnson High School
We, the student body of Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, in an effort to improve student faculty relations, to serve as an outlet for student opinion, and to better the school community, secure this constitution for the Student Senate of Lyndon Baines Johnson High School.
The Senate shall be composed of three official bodies: the Legislature, the Judicial
Review Board(JRB), and the Executive Council. Members of each branch will be expected to fulfill the following duties as well as those outlined for their position:
a) representing the student body
b) presenting opinions and comments of the students
c) attending meetings regularly
d) working for the well-being of the school
e) serving on committees and sharing the work involved
f) promoting all student activities
g) developing harmonious student-faculty relationships
Section I: (1) The Legislature shall be composed of a maximum of sixty(60) members. The seats of the Legislature shall be held by five officers and ten senators from each class, elected at large by their peers. Each seat in the senate represents one vote. There must be a quorum of more than 60% of the Legislature in order to vote or hold a general meeting.
(2) Each Senator shall hold his/her seat for a duration of two semesters. Exceptions are if a Senator is removed from office or a vacancy is filled. Should a vacancy occur, the candidate with the second highest votes in that election will be asked to fill the vacancy.
(3) The Legislature has the authority to appropriate legislation in the interest of the student body, impeach elected officials, appropriate money, approve or reject presidential appointments, fill vacancies in elective offices(excluding the presidency) with provisional officers, and formulate all election procedures. Each Senator has the duty to lobby for legislation that he/she feels should be adopted or was suggested to them by a member(s) of the student body.
(4) All proposed bills or appropriations shall be written and presented to the Senate. Such bills or appropriations will become effective if they receive a majority vote and the president's approval. If the president disagrees with a bill, the Legislature may acquire a two-thirds(2/3) majority vote and override the president's disapproval.
Section I: (1) Each year, the Student Senate president will appoint a Judicial Review Board (JRB), consisting of nine members: at the most, one sophomore, one or two juniors, two seniors, four faculty members, and an administrator. All appointees must be approved in the Senate by a majority vote. The approved board members will elect a chairman for their meeting and to relay information to the Legislature.
(2) None of the student appointees may be current members of the legislature or executive council. They must maintain a passing grade point average above eighty (80) to be eligible. If the grade point average drops significantly or they fail any classes, they will be subject to six-week probation.
Section II: (1) The Judicial Review Board will be responsible
for monitoring election
procedure, watch for slander of any sort, check petitions/applications/ speeches for appropriateness and validity, and count ballots. The Board must also approve all candidates running for Executive Council. The members of the Judicial Review Board can not be involved in any way with a campaign and will be his/her duty to decline on any issue
related to a campaign.
(2) The Judicial Review Board will interpret the Student Senate Constitution of Lyndon Baines Johnson High School, in the event that there is a dispute in either the Legislature or Executive Council.
(3) Members of the Senate must make a written summary of any
appropriation proposed before the bill or appropriation is voted on. This process will give the Judicial Review Board a chance to review the constitutionality of the proposal.
(4) Recommendations for removal of Senators will be made to
them by the
president, if there is probable cause. Six out of the nine board members must agree on any action taken.
(5) If the Senate wishes to impeach a Senate officer a recommendation must be presented to the Judicial Review Board. The board will examine the recommendation and any evidence. The board is required to make its verdict known no less than a week after the accusation was presented.
Section I: The Executive Council shall consist of the president, two vice presidents(referred to as vice president #l and #2), the secretary, the treasurer, and the parliamentarian.
Section II: (1) The president shall preside at all meetings of the Senate, call regular and special meetings, approve all bills and appropriations, recommend dismissal of Senators to the JRB, set up or abolish all committees, appoint committee chairpersons and members of the Judicial Review Board.
(2) The vice presidents shall divide the following responsibilities as they see fit : preside in the absence of the president, become president in the event of the president's resignation or impeachment, receive bi-monthly committee reports and in turn make a written report to the president, public relations, organizing the Senate calendar, counting Legislature votes, and publicizing all school events to the student body.
(3) The secretary shall record minutes at meetings, report minutes of previous meetings, prepare final copies of letters or contracts with outside organizations or people, keep attendance records, keep track of excused and unexcused absences, and report to the president when a Senator reaches the limit for absences.
(4) The treasurer will give a report on the senates finances at each meeting, be in charge of balancing the books, be responsible for any money coming into or leaving the senate, and monitor the fundraisers of each class and the senate.
(5) The parliamentarian shall be in charge of keeping order in all meetings, has the power to escort any unruly subjects from the senate, and take roll at meetings.
Section III: (1) To run for the position of president, one must be of junior standing, served in the Student Senate for two years, have at least an eighty (80) grade point average, and be approved by the JRB.
(2) To run for the other executive positions, one must be of sophomore or junior standing, have served in the Senate for one year, have at least an eighty (80) grade point average, and be approved by the JRB.
(3) All officers must maintain the required grade point average during their term, or they will be subject to probation for a period of six weeks.
Section 1: (1) Students who wish to hold a seat in the senate must sign up during the last week of the fifth six weeks to run for a position in the Legislature or Executive Council. They will have a week to complete their application. The application includes a petition which must be signed by one hundred(IOO) students and twelve(12) teachers, campaign rules, the responsibilities of the different positions, and a signed statement acknowledging the responsibilities and standards of the Student Senate. If the student is running for Executive Council or class officer( i.e. president, secretary) the application will also include two (2) teacher recommendation forms. To be accepted, the petition, statement, and
recommendations must be complete. If, upon review, the petition or recommendations prove to be falsified, the candidate will automatically be disqualified.
(2) All candidates must attend a meeting at the end of sign-up week to review campaign rules and procedures. This meeting is mandatory. There will be no candidates added to the ballots from this day.
(3) Campaigning will begin during the first week of the sixth six-weeks and will last for a week and a half. On the Wednesday of the second week, a convention of each class will be held where the students can hear the candidates speak. Candidates can not run as a party, each student must run an individual campaign. At the adjournment of the convention, all campaigning will cease.
(4) Voting will take place during lunch on Thursday and Friday. Students must present some form of identification to vote and may only vote once for their class offices and Executive Council.
(5) The votes will be collected and counted by the JRB and the Student Senate sponsor. Senate members shall not collect nor count any ballots during the voting process.
Section II: (1) Incoming freshman who wish to hold a seat in the Senate must sign up by the third week of school. They will have until the end of the fourth week to complete an application. All candidates must attend a meeting at the end of that week to review campaign rules and procedures. There will be no candidates added to the ballot from this meeting.
(2) Campaigning will begin on the fifth week of school, lasting for a week. At the conclusion of the campaign, a class convention will be held to hear the candidates speak. Voting will be done for two days, during lunch, and will follow the same rules as stated in Article V, Section I, clauses 4&5.
Section III: If the election procedure needs to be modified, any changes must be reviewed and approved by the Judicial Review Board and the principal for constitutionality.
Section I: If a Senate member fails to fulfill their responsibilities and it is brought to the
attention of the Senate, they will be reviewed by the Judicial Review Board and possibly
put on probation or removed from the Senate. If the dispute is over absences, it may be
necessary to determine whether or not an absence was excused. An excused absence for
Student Senate will be a field trip, a test, an excused absence from school(with a note), or
other important engagements, all of which should be reported to the Student Senate sponsor before the date of the meeting.
Section II: Any Senate officer may be recommended for impeachment upon probable cause by a two-thirds(2/3) majority of the Legislature. Such causes include, failure to fulfill requirements of office, poor attendance, misappropriation of funds, embezzlement, or any other cause unbecoming of a Senate officer. A written recommendation must be presented to the Judicial Review Board, who will examine the recommendation and decide the guilt or innocence of the officer. If they find the officer guilty, permanent removal shall result.
Meetings of the Senate shall be held on the first Wednesday of every month during
the school year and as deemed necessary by the Executive Council. All meetings shall be
called to order by the president. Each Senator should check in with the parliamentarian
before the meeting begins. The secretary will read the minutes from the previous meeting
and the treasurer will report any changes in the budget. Old and new business will be
discussed, following parliamentary procedures set up by the Executive Council. If a
Senator is called down twice by the parliamentarian for misconduct, that Senator will be
asked to leave. The absence will be recorded as unexcused. The Senate will provide time at any meeting for any Senators to address the Legislature. If any student, who is not a
member of the Senate, wishes to address the Legislature, they may turn in a request at least one week before the regular meeting. At each monthly meeting, active committee
chairpersons and class presidents will give reports.
Section I: A written draft of this constitution should be presented to each member of the
Senate. A time for debate will be set aside from the regular meeting. A three-fourths(3/4)
majority will be required for ratification of this constitution. Upon ratification, this
constitution will go immediately into effect. There will be at all times copies of the
Section II: A three-fourths (3/4) majority is required to amend
this constitution. A written
petition for amendment must be signed by five members of the Senate and presented a
week prior to any vote for amending.
This constitution was ratified on June 18, 1997.